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Seen in the Classroom
What becomes possible when students learn from educators that share part of their cultural experience? Or when they learn curriculum that honors and sustains their distinct history?
Aaron Harris, a New York City public school teacher, is one of just four male teachers of color at a school with a predominantly Black student body. A Washington, D.C. native, Aaron shares his experiences as a teacher of color in the classroom, and how race and ethnicity inform the role educators play in their students’ lives.
Students of All Races Prefer Teachers of Color, Study Finds Education Week
Middle and high school students, regardless of their race and ethnicity, have more favorable perceptions of their Black and Latino teachers than of their White teachers, finds a new NYU Steinhardt Study.
The Measure of Effective Teaching study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, used in-depth surveys to gather students’ perceptions of their teachers’ instructional practices. The students were asked questions on seven measures core to their experiences in the classroom, including whether their teacher treats students with respect, explains difficult concepts clearly, makes class interesting, and tries to understand students’ feelings.
This raises the question: how can all teachers leverage these strategies in the classroom?
How the Stress of Racism Affects Learning The Atlantic
A new study shows that the pressures associated with discrimination contribute to the opportunity gap.
“The team of researchers found that the physiological response to race-based stressors—be it perceived racial prejudice, or the drive to outperform negative stereotypes—leads the body to pump out more stress hormones in adolescents from traditionally marginalized groups. This biological reaction to race-based stress is compounded by the psychological response to discrimination or the coping mechanisms youngsters develop to lessen the distress. What emerges is a picture of black and Latino students whose concentration, motivation, and, ultimately, learning is impaired by unintended and overt racism.”
A Media Sutra production
Director: Manauvaskar Kublall
Executive Producers: Richard Gray, Natalie Zwerger, Megan Amelia Hester
Editor: Nenman Walbe, Manauvaskar Kublall
Camera: Jamal Tenth, Manauvaskar Kublall
Sound Recording: Nadia Bourne
Music Production: Gerald Trotman